Ohio: Hotel Clerk Saw Something, Said Something, Got Fired, May Be Arrested (Updated)

… for Reporting Suspicious Muslim Who Refused to Leave Hotel
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Source: Hotel Clerk in Trouble After Calling 911 on Muslim Man Asking Odd Questions About Room Near RNC | PJ Media

Three weeks before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, a Muslim man in traditional attire asked multiple questions about booking a hotel for a month and refused to leave the hotel despite learning that it was booked for the time he wanted. A hotel clerk, disturbed by his actions, asked her family to call 911. The police responded immediately, because the clerk’s sister said the man had mentioned the Islamic State (ISIS).

The clerk was fired in less than a week, and now the police may charge her, thus setting a dangerous precedent that if you point out a potential threat, you yourself will land in jail. This is not to say that the man himself was a threat, but the circumstances were suspicious and the hotel clerk has arguably been mistreated in this case, with a chilling effect on the idea that “if you see something, say something.”

The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office in Avon, Ohio, will determine whether charges will be filed against the former hotel clerk who told her family members to call 911 to report that a Muslim man was acting suspiciously in the lobby, local news reported. The call was made last Wednesday. As of Tuesday morning, the clerk was no longer employed by Fairfield Inn & Suites at Colorado Avenue.

Here is a video of the clerk explaining her call to the police.

Here is a brief portion of the call:

Clerk: He wanted somewhere in Avon or Elyria. He wanted a month’s stay. He was leaving July 13 to the 14 around there and I tried to help him as much as possible. Everywhere said they are booked and couldn’t help him, I told him. And then he wanted to sit in our lobby. He didn’t want to leave.Officer: So you said you guys were booked?

Clerk: I said we’re booked. Everywhere he called is booked too. It’s summer. People are traveling. He had two phones. He was searching the Internet on one phone, making calls on a disposible phone. That’s really all I know. It just freaks me out because of everything going on.

Officer: He didn’t say anything else?

Clerk: No, it’s just…

Officer: Because the call we got is that someone said he was pledging his allegiance to ISIS.

Clerk: No, no, no, no, he…

Officer: Who would have said that? Who made the call?

Clerk: I told my sister–it’s my sister–her name is [redacted], she called. I said he’s dressed in a weird outfit, he has a disposable phone. I said I don’t know what to do because of everything going on…going on with ISIS. I said call the police, because we couldn’t because he kept coming up here.

While the police ordered their fellow officers to stand down, the Muslim man had already been placed in handcuffs. Identified as Ahmed Al Menhali of the United Arab Emirates, the man collapsed while in custody and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police apologized to Al Menhali after the incident. “No one from the police department (wanted) to disrespect you,” Police Chief Richard Bosley said. “It is a very regrettable circumstance that occurred for you. You should not have been put in that situation like you were.”

“There were some false accusations made against you,” said the mayor, Bryan Jensen. He then explained that a county prosecutor could take further action, such as asking a grand jury to consider criminal charges against the former clerk.

“This is the process we follow in such situations,” Jansen added. “The police investigate. The prosecutor considers everything the police have collected and decides whether to pursue charges with a grand jury.”

“If you see something, say something is great,” Bosley said. “But it has to be based on facts, not assumptions. What someone reports to the police has a dramatic impact on how police respond. You can put onlookers and our own officers in unnceseccary danger if you report untrue information.”

The clerk was frazzled, and she may have unfairly profiled the man. She should probably have waited for more evidence. But if a hotel clerk can end up in jail for reporting what she thinks is suspicious behavior, how can we stop future attacks?

Multiple people had contacted the FBI to warn them about Omar Mateen before the tragic attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month. An old friend of his, who attended the same mosque and learned that Mateen was listening to sermons of the terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki, called the FBI to warn them. Mateen was a known quantity to the FBI, but they never prosecuted him.

Worse, neighbors of the San Bernardino shooter, Syed Rizwan Farook, told ABC that they noticed “suspicious activity” at his home before the shooting, but did not report it — for fear of being labeled racist.

One neighbor recalled police being called to the Farook household, “maybe for a domestic violence dispute.” Another, Aaron Elswick, a neighbor of Farook’s mother, said another neighbor told him “they had I guess been receiving packages — quite a few packages within a short amount of time, and they were actually doing a lot of work out in the garage.”

“She was kind of suspicious and wanted to report it,” Elswick recalled, “but she said she didn’t want to profile.”

If this hotel clerk not only gets fired but ends up in jail for reporting suspicious behavior, how many more people will be dissuaded from saying something when they see something?

The Republican National Convention will take place between July 18 and July 21 in nearby Cleveland, Ohio. If the man was truly engaged in suspicious behavior this close to the Republican convention, it would make sense to have heightened scrutiny surrounding him. In this case, the 911 call seems misplaced, but if this woman faces trial, it may chill those who observe true threats and discourage them from reporting suspicious activity.


Update: Compare and contrast with the story above. A reader sent this in. In December, 2015: Three hobo’s asked Toledo Muslim Community Center to use restroom, Muslims report & police detain them

Toledo police say that three people who were knocking on the door of the Toledo Muslim Community Center today were people seen earlier in the area asking for money near the I-475 highway who needed to use the center’s restroom.

Sylvania Township Police detained the three at the corner of Springmill Drive and Corey Road, shortly after Toledo police were called to the scene, Lieutenant Heffernan said. Those three were questioned and released without being arrested, he said.

The center was on lockdown during a sweep by police. No one was injured.

Law enforcement officers question a woman and two men after Muslims report them

Law enforcement officers question a woman and two men after Muslims report them


Post-script: Recall that in Idaho, Obama’s henchwoman threatened to prosecute those who exposed the rape of a 5-year old by Muslim refugees. And Obama’s BLM godmother Loretta Lynch(mob) threatened to arrest Americans who spoke out against sharia law and Islam. Then there was Obama’s U.S. attorney in Tennessee who threatened to arrest citizens who spoke out against a terror-linked mosque and Islam. Do you see a trend?

15 Responses

  1. When I heard about this, I found it odd, that if this man from UAE, who was going to be treated at the Cleveland Clinic, was having difficulty finding lodging. I would have thought the Clinic would have made sure he had a place to stay.

  2. My saying is see something shoot something….

  3. WOW. Ok, sis embelished a tad, but my my my…. wrong on so many levels!

    shared to my public fb page with my added comments:

    OK FOLKS, THEY SAY “SEE SOMETHING, TELL SOMEONE…”

    BUT THEY LEFT OUT THE REST: “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, THEN GET FIRED & THEN ARRESTED FOR IT!”

    WAY TO GO COPS! BOW TO THOSE MUSLIMS AND FUCK US. YOUR PC IS RIGHT ON YOU DUMB ASSES!

    Watch me ever stay at a Fairfield Inn again!

  4. OBAMASSHOLE DOESNT WANT ANYONE TO SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING; IT MIGHT BE HIM THEY’RE TELLING ABOUT. . . . HE DEFINITELY SUPPORTS THE BAD GUY AND ALWAYS WILL SINCE HE IS ONE
    HE LOVES KEEPING SHIT STIRRED UP; JUST GIVES BLACK LIVES MORE AMMO TO KEEP ON DOING STUPID STUFF

    ALL OF HIS SECURITY SHOULD BE CANCELLED ; LET HIM FEND FOR HIMSELF; PERHAPS, RUN TO HIS SAUDI BROTHERS

  5. If you see something… Say Something! That’s what some people didn’t even understand. The Employer who is involved in wrongfully firing the clerk should face alligations for his/her wrongful barberric action. The clerk doesn’t want any terrorism happening in the hotel itself.

  6. This woman is a heroine for what she’ll be put through. She should receive a lot of public thanks and positive recognition, flowers. Obastard should be made to look like the bastard he is, because he has directly and strongly affected Muslim-aware events such as these. HE should be under close supervision.

  7. I stand with the hotel clerk, because there have been many incidents, where by the FEDS say: ” see something, say something” . In reality, they do not mean that at all, because the Muslims are protected by Federal Authorities. Same with BLM, an American GOV Protected Terrorist Org, sponsored be BO & Democrat Party.

    • Yeah well, blacks and muslims are privileged classes. If you are white, Christian (and G-d help you, conservative) you are classified as a nutcase and deserve whatever garbage you get.

      This place is circling the drain…

  8. Americans are scared, but you haven’t seen nothing yet.the politicians are going to get a lot of people killed in its country by being greedy corrupt dickheads

  9. What exactly is she going to be indicted FOR? What did she do that was illegal?? She reported something suspicious; in Obola’s Amerika, that’s now against the law? The prosecutor needs to be fired and brought up on charges of ABUSE of POWER. It is time to get rid of the monsters in office who think they are demigods and refuse to protect the people who pay their salaries.

  10. “…But it has to be based on facts, not assumptions” Is Police Chief Richard Bosley out of his mind? Since when is a clerk a trained investigator? Only trials legally establish facts, I thought. So if I see something, I will phone it in anonymously from a phone elsewhere and later on. Or maybe I will be too scared to report it at all. Great place America has become.

  11. First off, the clerk was NOT EVEN THE ONE who allegedly made the 9/11 call–B/C THE CLERK WAS AFRAID FOR HER LIFE!!!!! HER SISTER ALLEGEDLY MADE THE CALL!!!!! That’s NUMBER ONE!!!!! This hotel clerk is just like all of the innocent cops who are getting shot b/c a few tragic mistakes have been made! I say, if this clerk is not reinstated with a raise in her salary and a FULL PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM THE HOTEL OWNER–THEN THE HOTEL SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED AND FORCED TO SHUT DOWN!!!!! Since when are we CIVILIANS supposed to be the PERFECT assessors of suspicious behavior????? If I were the clerk–I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING!!!!! DUMB-ASS DHIMMIS!!!!! This hotel owner has to be a Hillary/ O-bomba NUT CASE!!!!!

  12. I think it’s revolution time again. Maybe change “taxed without representation” to “fired by an excuse.” And regarding BLM or rather BLK, all police should walkout for better work. But then Muslim Brotherhood would probably take over………I think I’ll move to Japan.

  13. The government is going to prosecute this woman for what? This sounds like Baltimore to me.

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